The script, written by Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass), follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home.
But when Ella's father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully nicknamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. But despite their cruelty, Ella is determined to honour her mother's dying words to "Have courage and be kind."
Then of course there is the dashing stranger (Richard Madden) she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, Ella feels she has met a kindred soul. It looks like her fortunes might change when the palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella's hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit.
Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand in the form of a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) who, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella's life forever.
With Stellan Skarsgård (Melancholia), Derek Jacobi (Anonymous) and Nonso Anozie (The Grey) rounding out the cast, Cinderella will go to the cinematic ball on 27 March 2015.